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Dec 23: Hanumad Jayanthi

23 Dec

The Lord says that he is indeed Margazhi among the twelve months.

mAsAnAm mArgasirsho ham [Bhagavad Gita 10.35]

One year in earth is equivalent to one day in Vaikunta and in Deva Loka, and starting from the day of Kaishika Ekadasi [Vaikunta Ekadasi] is the time is the early morning time [Brahma Muhurtham] for the Lord. Since the Lord wakes up during the month of Margazhi, it is indeed very auspicious to perform spiritual austerities during this month and yield more results than any other month.

Lord Vishnu is the most celebrated Lord in the month of margazhi. When the word ‘Vishnu’ is uttered during this month, it verily connotes Perumal, and Perumal is none but Lord Ranganatha. All Azhwars have sung praises on Lord Ranaganatha who is considered as a representation of all Divyadesams. Performing a ThiruvAradhanam [lighting a lamp] in Lord Ranganatha’s sanctum sanctorum is equivalent to doing a ThiruvAradhanam in all Divyadesams. Lord Ranganatha is considered as an epitome of love and compassion, who always showers his grace on all the people to rescue them from the samsara whirlpool. Another precept about Lord Ranganatha is that he is very easily accessible. He goes around the streets of Srirangam giving darshan to everyone. He has Utsav’s almost every other day during the year and he loves to come out and enjoy his ride in different vehicles [vahanas]. When one goes to have the darshan of Lord Ranganatha and cast a glance on the Lord’s beautiful countenance, his form is so beautiful and enticing that one cannot end his/her relationship with the Lord abruptly. The Lord being an epitome of compassion sows the seeds of his beautiful form in one’s heart and one yearns to have the darshan of the Lord forever. The Lord is so beautiful, youthful and wears the appearance of a bridegroom and hence he is called as “Azhagiya Manavalan”.   One beholds that beautiful form of the Lord resting on a snake.

There is another form of the Lord where he is standing majestically akin to a bridegroom and goes out to bless his devotees. Above all the Lord is an  epitome of forbearance, since he takes the devotees unto him no matter how bad they are and this verily because, he has the embodiment of forbearance and patience [Bhoodevi], residing in him. He establishes the cord of love between him and the devotees that one cannot stop looking at the beautiful countenance of the Lord and this is verily because he has Niladevi, embodiment of love in him always. It is that divine love that binds us unto the Lord. It is that form of the Lord that all of us would love to propitiate. Andal is that form of love, verily Niladevi who has infinite love for the Lord. The term compassion comes on the basis of inequality. There is a reason for compassion and forbearance, but there is no reason needed for love. This month of Margazhi is celebrating the way that she followed to attain the Lord. Her Thiruppavai is a stunning example depicting how one should do bhakti to the Lord.

 

Sri Narayananji from Boston delivered the satsang lecture on the auspicious day of Hanumad Jayanthi which is celebrated on the Ammavasya day in the Margasirsha month in Tamil Nadu, while people in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh celebrate this great occasion differently.

It is said – “Handumad Samena Guruna” – Hanumanji is said to be the best comparison for Guru Tattuva, verily because he was chosen by the Lord to reach out to Sita Devi. When we perceive Ramayana in philosophical terms, Lord Rama is a representation of the Paramatma Tatva, Sita Devi being the icon of Jeeva Tattva and the union between Jeeva and Paramatma is eternal which is clearly depicted in Sita Kalyanam. It is Lord Rama who went in search of Sita Devi to get married to her. The marriage is completely officiated by Sage Vishwamitra.  Sage Vishwamitra only appears to have Sita Devi engaged to Lord Rama. He doesn’t appear anywhere else in Ramayana. He requested King Dasaratha to take Lord Rama along with him as he would be the only one to fight the demons and make sure the Yagna is completed without any obstacles. He then took Lord Rama and Lakshmana to his ashram and got few demons killed by Lord Rama, but that was not Sage Vishwamitra’s real intention. His real intention was to get Mother Sita married to Lord Rama. In one of Sri Swamiji’s kirtan, he sings “Gambhira Nadaiodu Vandan Sri Raman Mithilaiku”

The marriage between Lord Rama and Sita Devi depicts the eternal bondage between the Jeevatma and Paramatma. The moment Sita was wedded to Lord Rama she never left him even for a moment and she depicts devotee’s devotion who is wedded to the Lord. One has to be with the Lord whatever be the case. When Lord Rama was exiled for fourteen years, Sita Devi accompanied him to the forest and refused to be separated from Lord Rama. She happily wore the clothes made of wooden barks when she departed to the forest where she lived with the Lord happily. A golden deer once passed by and she got enticed by it. Deer in philosophical terms connotes ‘samsara’. Jadabharata was enthralled by a deer, which means that he was attracted by samsara. Any saint who performs his duties righteously may still be attracted by samsara [deer].

Sita Devi is attracted by Samsara and the ten headed Ravana abducted her. The ten heads refers to the ten senses [Indriyas]. She was in Ashoka vana for ten months. The ten months represent the “Garba Vasa” that every child has to endure in the womb of a mother. Ravana was always assisted by three people; Vibhishana, Indrajit and Kumbakarna who are the epitome of Satvik, Rajasika and Tamasa Gunas. Sita, who is the jeevatma is bound by a human body and the struggle between the Jeevatma and Paramatma is depicted. Sita was in despair in Ashoka Vana after getting separated from Rama. But Valmiki does not portray Sita’s longing for Lord Rama in Ramayana. He beautifully depicted the sufferings of Lord Rama and the pain he underwent in search of Sita Devi.

Ramayana takes a new dimension and is very interesting from Kishkinda Kanda. It is verily because Hanumanji makes an entry in Kishkinda Kanda. Lord Rama meets Sugriva and cries for Sita Devi. It is believed that during the rainy season, the clouds stopped raining water but the water from Lord Rama’s eyes never ceased.  Lord Rama had not found a Guru to take Sita Devi back. With Lord Rama’s prowess, he could have easily slayed Ravana and brought back Sita Devi. He confided in Sugriva that he had the ability to destroy the entire earth with the tip of his finger. The reason Lord Rama didn’t go to find Sita was verily because he wanted Lord Hanuman to first meet her. After bestowing liberation to Sabari, Lord Rama waited to meet Hanumanji, the Sadguru. The reason the Lord undergoes the struggle is because he waited for the right person to pick up that Jeeva.  The Lord was in Pampa Lake, on the hills of Rishyamukha which was inhabited by Sugreeva and his minister Hanumanji. Sugreeva was afraid of anyone and everyone he met, since he considered any stranger to be in the guise or an associate of his brother Valli. He was overcome by the fear that he would face death anytime. It was verily Lord Hanuman who was always with Sugreeva and boosted his confidence with positive thoughts. They spotted Lord Rama and Lakshmana from a faraway distance.  Sugreeva who was scared of strangers was about to run away but was stopped by Lord Hanuman, who later went down the hill to meet Lord Rama and Lakshmana. This is the very beginning of Kishkinda Kanda. Hanumanji casted off his monkey semblance and went in the form of a Sadhu [mendicant] at the behest of Sugreeva when he met Lord Rama, verily because a Sadguru is always sent by the Lord. A sadguru is none but the Lord himself who comes in the form of a human being. Hanumanji takes a normal human when he goes to meet the Lord.

“Tvam kapatangi krutha manusha vesha”

“Aham kapata hrudaya bhakta vesha”

 

The way Hanumanji asked questions to Lord Rama was indeed very beautiful. He asked as to how they landed in this forest when they had the kingly appearance.

“Rajarshi deva prathimou thapasou samshita vrathau [Kishkinda Kanda, chapter 3 sloka 5]

 

The way Hanumanji introduced himself to Lord Rama was a classic example to substantiate that Hanaumanji was indeed a personification of humility.

“Sugreevo nama dharmathma kaschith vanara pungavaha”

“veero vinikrutho brathaha jagath bramathi dukithaha”

 

He humbly introduced himself as a servant of a great king called Sugreeva who was indeed a Dharmatma. He further added that he was born to the Lord of the wind [Pavanakumara].

Sage Valmiki beautifully portrayed Lord Rama and Lakshmana who were listening to Hanumanji all this time. After hearing to Hanumanji, Lord Rama’s face wore a pleased look. The Lord thus spoke to Lakshmana that it was indeed that he was waiting to meet Hanumanji all his life. The Lord was choked for words.

“tvameva kankshya manasya mamantikam ihagatha”  [Kishkinda Kanda, chapter 3 sloka 26]

Vakyagnam madhuraihi vakyaihi sneha yuktam arindamam

Na an rigveda vinithasya na a yajurveda dharinaha

Na a sAma veda vidushaha shakyam evam vibhashitum

Nunam vyakaranam kruthsnam anena bhahuda shutham

Bahu vyaharatha anena na kinchith apa shabditam  [ Kishkinda Kanda, chapter 3 slokas 27-29]

 

In the short conversation between Hanumanji and Lord Rama, the Lord concluded that Hanumanji was an exponent of Rig, yajur and Sama Vedas, a Nava Vyakarana Pandit and one who had mastered the entire Sanskrit Grammar. No one could ever find fault in the way Hanumanji spoke to Lord Rama. His choices of words were such that there was no negative connotation [Apashabda] in any of the words that he used. This precept is true in all Mahatmas. Our Guru Maharaj’s style of speaking is also akin to Hanumanji. During any discussion, he brings out his intelligence in a very subtle way that only the Lord can comprehend.  There is no negative connotation not only through Mahan’s way of speaking but they also don’t exhibit any negative gestures through their feet and hands movements. The brilliance in the voice and speech that emanates from his diaphragm and throat was so stunning that even captivated Lord Rama. When Hanumanji is made to stand in front of an evil person, he will be absolved of all negative forces and totally surrender unto the holy feet of Lord Hanumanji. Guru’s grace is so potent that anyone with negative thoughts when surrendered unto the holy feet of the Guru will be immediately transformed.

All the beautiful qualities of the Guru is being extolled by Lord Rama himself verily because only the Lord really knows the greatness of a Guru.

If we visualize this whole scene, Sugreeva was in a deep corner and Hanumanji had come down as a Sadhu in the guise of a mendicant and met Lord Rama and Lakshmana and got acquainted with each other. The moment Hanumanji realized that it was indeed Lord Rama and Lakshmana who were standing in front of him, no time was wasted. He immediately carried them on his shoulders and took them straight to Sugreeva, because Sugreeva was longing to meet the Lord and was in need of a relief from the pangs of samsara. A Guru brings the Lord unto his devotee as soon as possible.

He introduced Lord Rama and Lakshmana to Sugreeva. He then lit a fire and took one hand of Lord Rama and one hand of Sugreeva and united them in friendship in the presence of Agni [the Lord of fire]. There is no mention in any of the scriptures or Puranas that the friendship should be confirmed in the presence of Agni, but Hanumanji does so. It is verily because he desired to make that bonding very strong because of the fear that Sugreeva might run away any time from the Lord. From that point in the Lord executed whatever chores as ordained by Sugreeva.

It is a precept that a Brahma Jnani Is being followed by the Lord and other Devas and they will execute any instruction as ordained by the Brahma Jnani, verily because they are bound by the Mahatma. The moment the union between the Lord and Sugreeva happened with the blessings of the Guru Hanumanji, Sugreeva was very successful in all his endeavors. He met no failures and had no downward graphs in his life at all. A Guru’s association verily leads the devotee to the Lord – “Narayanam dhadathi ithi Naradha”. The greatest Guru is Sage Narada and all Gurus are indeed manifestations of Sage Narada because they bring Lord Narayana to all the devotees. Hanumanji verily did this for Sugreeva –“hanumad samena Guruna”.  

After the rainy season Sugreeva was crowned as the king after the slaying of Vali. The entire monkey clan was split into four as they set out to search the divine mother. Lord Rama gave the ring only to Hanumanji as he thought that it was very likely that Hanumanji would only meet the divine mother. He went to Lanka and met Sita Devi which is the crux of Sundara Kandam. He gave the divine names and the divine story of Lord Rama [Raja Dasaratho nama ratha kunjara…] in the ears of Sita Devi when she was in misery. When she was about to end her life, he spoke about the greatness of Lord Rama and gave her the ring that had the divine name Rama inscribed in it – ‘Rama nama ankitha anguliyakam’ which denotes “ABhayam”. The Guru conveys the message of the Lord to Jeevatma and the message is verily the chanting of the divine names of the Lord. The Guru does not bring back the Jeevatma to the Lord but it is indeed the vice versa. The Guru only brings the Lord to the Jeevatma.

Lord Hanumanji was instrumental in constructing the bridge along with the other monkeys [Vanaras] and in bringing Lord Rama unto Sita Devi. In the Madhwa traditions, Lord Hanumanji is considered to be the lifeline [Mukya Prana] in Ramayana. When Sita Devi was about to end her life, it was verily Lord Hanumanji who saved her life. Sugreeva was saved by Hanumanji. Bharatha was in state of despair and was about to end his life. It was only Hanumanji who delivered the message that Lord Rama was on his way back and also saved Bharatha from ending his life. When Lakshmana was injured during the war, it was verily Lord Hanumanji who brought the Sanjeevini Mountain and cured him. It is very evident that all throught Ramayana, Hanumanji induced life into all the lives who are in the pangs of samsara. It is truly enough to just reminisce the Guru and no other special sadhana is needed to bring in happiness in all of us and that is why it is said – ‘Hanumadh samena Guruna’. The greatest thing the Guru bestows his devotees is the Mahamantra which takes all the misery out and ushers in Guru Smaranam.

 

Sri Swamiji has established many Hanumanji temples. In Govindapuram, the divine abode for Sri Bodendra, adjoining the Adishtanam of Sri Bodendral there is a beautiful hall and there is a Hanumanji who resides in that hall. He is called Bhagavata Anjaneyar and he incessantly chanting the divine names of Lord Rama. There is a Sundara Anjaneya consecrated in Bangalore. Sri Swamiji had earlier planned on building a Panduranga temple. The devotees had purchased the land needed for the temple construction and were eagerly waiting for the nod from Sri Swamiji to go ahead with construction. Sri Swamiji came to Bangalore after visiting Nasik then and was in deep state of meditation. When he opened his eyes, he told all the devotees that a Hanuman temple would soon be built in the premises. Immediately the clouds took a beautiful shape of Lord Hanuman. Sri Swamiji himself suggested the name – ‘Sundara Hanuman’ who is so beautiful to behold and is standing with his mace [Gadha] on his shoulders and bestowing his grace [Abhaya Ashtam] to all the devotees. He is also incessantly chanting the divine names of Lord Rama and speaks to all the devotees.  He is located in Ramamurthy Nagar in Bangalore. There is a Veera Hanuman in Sri Srinivasa Perumal in Madhurapuri Ashram. He is standing there guarding the entire Madhurapuri Ashram. Even now it is a practice to give the keys to Veera Anjaneyar after locking the temple and he goes around the village and protects the people from any evil force.

Kanyakumari Anjaneyar is also consecrated in Madhurapuri Ashram. He wanted to be in Madhurapuri Ashram since it is the house of the best in class Brahmacharis students and wanted to be in the midst of them. He had earlier visited Mahabalipuram and Kannyakumari but later settled in Madhurapuri ashram.  He is 24 feet tall and playing divine leelas every day. He loves Hanuman Chalisa and Aditya Hrudayam and is also incessantly chanting the divine names of Lord Rama.

 

The satsang concluded with prayers and Namasankirtam.

May 13: Glory of Hanumanji – 3

13 May

The 16th of May 2011 was the Jayanthi day of Lord Narasimha. We all know that all incarnations of the Lord had a specific purpose to accomplish.
The Lord manifested as a fish ‘Matsya’ to enable us cross through the ocean of deluge [pralaya] and to safeguard the Vedas and the Satvik Guna during the deluge. The Lord came down as Varaha to protect the Mother Earth and as Koorma Avatar to give balance to the Mandara Mountain during the churning of the ocean of nectar. If we see the later Avatars of the Lord as Rama and Krishna, even though they came down with a specific agenda, they did more than what they had envisioned. Rama’s incarnation was to establish Dharma and how human beings should tread the path of Dharma, and that the Lord enacted this very precept. The Avatar of Lord Krishna was to propagate the path of Bhagavatha Dharma. However, Lord Rama and Krishna depicted various precepts during their Avatars. If there is one Avatar, who was razor focused on only one specific purpose it is verily Lord Narasimha. The very purpose of this Lord Narasimha was to protect the truth. It is said in Srimad Bhagavatham
Satyam vidAtum nijabhrutya bhAshitam vyAptim cha bhUteshu akhileshu chAtmanah |
adrushyata atyadbhuta rUpamudvahan stambhe sabhAyAm na mrugam na mAnusham ||
The Lord manifested as Narasimha to corroborate the truth. Our Guru Maharaj in one of his compositions expounded on the different truths that the Lord descended down to protect.

Firstly, He came down to keep the promise he had given to Arjuna.

“Yada Yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavathi bharatha”
“Abhyuthanam Adhramasya Tadatmanam Srijami aham” [Bhagavad Gita 4.7]
“Paritranaya Sadhunam Vinashaya Cha Dushkritam
Dharamasansthapnaya Sambhavami Yuge Yuge.” [Bhagavad Gita 4.8]

The Lord confided in Arjuna that whenever there is a decay of righteousness, the Lord will manifest to reinstate dharma and to protect the Sadhus. The Lord came down as Narasimha to keep up the promise.

“Jaya Vijayaebhyo Dhatta Vakya Paripalanaya” – The Sanakadis once went to Vaikunta to meet the Lord when they were stopped by Jaya and Vijaya, who were the gatekeepers for Vaikunta. This act instigated anger and hence Sanakadis casted a curse that Jaya and Vijaya will be born as Asuras on the Earth for three births and that they will then realize how difficult it is to be in separation of the Lord. When this dialogue was happening, the Lord stepped in and clarified that these course of events was his very Sankalpa. He also confided his hidden agenda of his future incarnations and assured Jaya and Vijaya that they will reach the Lord after three births and that the Lord himself will come and take them along. The Lord manifested as Lord Narasimha to keep up the promise to Jaya and Vijaya.

“Vidhina Dhatta Vakya Paripalanaya”- Hiranyakashipu went to the Mandara mountains to do intense penance. His tapas was so severe that the Ant hills covered Hiranyakashipu and devoured his body. Lord Brahma immensely pleased with his penance came down in his swan airplane in search of Hiranyakashipu. He was unable to locate Hiranyaskashipu and so he sprinkled water in the ant hills until he located Hiranyakashipu. Upon locating him who was akin to a cloud covered sun, Lord Brahma said, “Oh Son of Kashyapa, your penance has borne fruit”. And that his mere presence was a testimony that. He gave a benediction to Hiranyakashipu to ask for a boon and so he asked that he should not encounter death through any living or non-living beings, not meet death either during morning or night and requested that he should not be dead inside nor outside and neither on land nor in air, and requested that he should have no rival and that he be the only king.The stipulations laid by Hiranyakashipu baffled Lord Brahma but he granted the boon. The boon being a special one and in order to make the boon come true, the Lord incarnated as Lord Narasimha, as a half human and half lion, a creation not done by Lord Brahma.

“SuraGanaya Dhatta vakya paripalanaya”
Hiranyakashipu conquered everyone and all the three worlds but his hatred against Lord Vishnu never subsided. Unable to bear his atrocities, the Devas went and approached the Lord in kshIrabdi, the ocean of milk for help. The Lord listened to the Devas and mentioned that time will come when Hiranyakashipu will meet his own end and that they will have to wait patiently until that time. The Lord assured the Devas that Hiranyakashipu will be vanquished very soon whenever he shows hatred towards the Vedas, Devas, the Cows, the Brahmanas, the Sadhus, and Dharma and to the Lord Himself. The Devas quipped saying that these brutal acts were already being done by Hiranyakashipu and the Lord denied this remark and said that whenever Hiranyakashipu insults Prahlada, he will descend immediately and slain him and thus the Lord gave this as a promise to the Devas. In order to make this promise come true, the Lord manifested as Lord Narasimha.

When Prahlada was born, his father sent him to a Patashala for his education. One day he pulled Prahalda aside and asked him to expound on the subject that interested him a lot. Prahlada’s face lit up and very happily elucidated the nine steps of Bhakti [Nava Vida Bhakti] to Lord Hari. The distraught Hiranyakashipu’s face turned red with anger upon hearing Lord Hari’s from Prahlada. He immediately ordered him to be killed and the Asuras tried all different ways to slain him but all in vain. Prahlada was sent back to school and one day when Chanda and Amarka, his tutors stepped out, Prahlada lectured on Bhagavatha Dharma to all his fellow Asura kids and soon turned all of them into Bhagavathas. When Chanda and Amarka returned and after realizing whatever had happened, they took him to Hiranyakashipu, whose anger knew no limits when he heard that Lord Hari is the all-powerful one. Prahlada immediately laughed and said that Lord Hari is the one who is empowering everything in this world. His father immediately said “Oh Prahalda if Lord Sri Hari is empowering me, then please have him come in front of me!”.
Hiranyakashipu then showed Prahalda a nearby pillar and threatened him that he would kill him otherwise if the all-powerful Lord is not seen inside the pillar. Prahlada was only able to perceive the Lord in the pillar while his father could only envision the pillar as a mere block of concrete. – “Hari sarvatra Drishyatae”. He took his trident and banged the pillar with all his mighty strength. Suddenly they heard a sound that was heard even in the world of Devas and the Lord came out in order to totally endorse Prahlada’s statement that the Lord was indeed in the pillar.

“Garaladha Kayadhusutha vakya paripalanaya”
Kayadhu is mother of Prahalda and even Vedas have spoken about Kayadhu. Our Guru Maharaj sings in his kirtan that Lord Narasimha manifested to make Kayadhu’s son’s words true. His father tried to poison him, trampled him by an elephant, pushed from atop a hill and after surviving he still had unflinching faith on Lord Sri Hari.

The prime reason for Lord Nrisimha’s incarnation was for the little child Prahlada – who incessantly chanted the Divine Names of the Lord. Lord Nrisimha descended to keep up the promise of our Guru Maharaj and all the other proponents of the Bhagavata Dharma — that Lord Hari will bestow his darshan unto all his devotees who chant His Divine Names.

After a brief round of introductions followed Sri Narayanaswamyji’s lecture on Hanumanji.

One should approach Hanuman with humility and should be devoid of any ego. What is humility? Let us substantiate the term humility with some examples. Chaintanya Mahaprabhu always preached that one should be as humble as a grass and should be patient akin to a tree. There once lived a king called Pratapasimha. He once came to know about Mahaprabhu’s visit to Puri and sent his ministers to invite Mahaprabhu to the palace; however Mahaprabhu gently refused in spite of several invitations. Days passed by and it was the time for Jagannath Mahotsav and everyone was busy making elaborate arrangements for the Utsav. The king, Pratapasimha himself took a broom and started to sweep the streets of Puri not for any outward publicity. Mahaprabhu witnessed this scene and invited the Prince to come and see him. Mahaprabhu gave one of his shawls as a gift for the king. The king witnessing the sequence of events was moved to tears and became a great devotee of Mahaprabhu. This incident goes to show the king’s humility.
This incident is from the life-history of Mahaperiyavaa. Once, Mahaperiyavaa was camping in Elayathangudi near Karaikudi. He normally met with scholars wherever he went and talked to them about various topics of interest. He met a rich Tamil scholar by name Katiresan Chettiar. Everyday Katiresan Chettiar met Mahaperiyavaa and on the day before his departure, Mahaperiyavaa requested Chettiar to accompany him to the next village. When he was about to depart with his entourage, he looked for Chettiar from his palanquin and was not able to spot him. When they reached the next village, Mahaperiyavaa enquired about Chettiar and Chettiar humbly came in front of him. He said “Mahaperiyavaa, I did accompany you. I was one among the palanquin bearers”. Upon hearing this, tears rolled over from Mahaperiyavaa’s cheeks. He said, “How could you do this? You are an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva.” Chettiar very politely replied, “Mahaperiyavaa, you are a re-incarnation of Lord Shiva and I am His servant!” This clearly shows how an affluent man was so humble and a simple life that he was living.
Hanumanji is known for his adept skills in fine arts and he took tutelage from his Guru, Dakshinamoorthy. Once, Sage Narada visited KimPurusha Varsha after knowing the greatness of Hanumanji’s music talent from Prahalada. Upon reaching, Sage Narada started to play his Mahati Veena. The music from the Veena was so enchanting and Hanumanji started to dance to the tunes. Sage Narada then requested Hanumanji to render a song. When he started to sing, Sage Narada placed the Veena on a nearby rock and was listening to the rendition with rapt attention. Hanumanji’s music even enthralled the rocks and the rock on which the Veena was placed started to melt. When Hanumanji completed his performance, the rock slowly started to solidify but the Veena was trapped inside. So Sage Narada requested Hanumanji to render the same kirtan again and hearing his beautiful notes, the rock melted again and Sage Narada procured his Veena. This incident goes to show his adroitness in fine-arts.
The satsang concluded with prayers and Namasankirtan.

May 6: Glory of Hanumanji – 2

6 May

The first week of May’11 is of great importance since the Lord’s two incarnations Varaha and Parasurama Avatars’s Jayanthi were celebrated last week. The Lord VarahaMurthy is an epitome of Jnana, the one who safeguarded the Mother Earth and the Vedas. The Jayanthi of Parasurama denotes the destruction of Rajasika Guna and it is seen from his life-history that he obliterated the   entire Kshatriya clan for twenty-one generations. What can one infer from this? When the Tamas qualities are dominant, then one goes in the inertia mode and there will be no activities, since all activities are governed by the Rajas qualities. When the Rajasika qualities gain momentum, it forces the negative qualities in one and so Lord Prasurama had to incarnate to destroy the negative qualities that the mind gets into. The reason he abrogated the entire Kshatriya clan for twenty one years is verily because they were corrupt people and were not correctly discharging their duties. After Parasurama extirpated the Kshatirya clan and cleaned the mess, then the Lord incarnated as Rama Avatar and Dharma was established. Parasurama’s Jayanthi was on the Akshaya Thritiya day.

The weekend also had a lot of significance. The Saturday marked the Jayanthi of Ramanujacharya, who was one of the proponents of Bhakti and Bhagavatha Dharma on the earth. The Sunday marked the Jayanthi of Adi Shankara who showed the path of Jnana and Bhakti. Even though people bicker on the philosophies propounded by these two Mahatmas, they share almost the same Jayanthi. It is said that Lord Parameshwara imparted his teachings entirely in silence as Dakshinamoorthy. His disciples, the Sanakadis, who were seated in front of him, were so smart that Lord Shiva could inculcate them in silent mode. He wanted this knowledge to go on and destroy the faiths that were against the natural truths and so he decided to incarnate as Adi Shankara. Our Guru Maharaj talks about a beautiful term in Rudram – “Namah kapardinecha Vyuptakaeshaaya”. The Namakam section of Sri Rudram talks about various different things and sees Lord Parameshwara in all these different things.  The term ‘Kapardinah’ refers to one with matted locks, which suits Lord Shiva quite well. But it then addresses Lord Shiva as “vyuptakeshaayah”- the one who has completely tonsured his head. This form of Shiva with shaven head is not true. In order to make the “vyuptakeshah” form of Lord Shiva true, Lord Shiva incarnated as Adi Shankara, a sanyasi. Adi Shanakara came down as an incarnation of Dakshinamoorthy to transfer the knowledge to general populace due to his immense compassion.

Our Guru Maharaj in his Kirtan on Adi Sankara, sings, “Muralidhara Guru Mandala gurum” where the term Guru connotes “big”. After having praised Adi Sankara’s Krishna Bhakti in the Kirtan, our Guru Maharaj concludes by prostrating to Sankara, the greatest among all the galaxy of Gurus.

Another connotation of this verse – Sri Bodendra Swamigal, Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswati Swamigal – our Guru Maharaj reveres and respects these great Mahatmas of the Sankara Parampara in the Guru Sthaana and Adi Shankara is indeed the Guru of these great Mahatmas as well – the Guru of Gurus.

Sri Ramanuja himself considered as a ‘poornavathara’ of Lord Vishnu himself. The Azhwars were born as different entities that the Lord holds in his hand namely the Shanka [conch], discus, gada, as lotus and Ramanujacharya was a complete incarnation can be said as the greatest of the Acharyas. He was attested by Lord Ranganatha as Udayavar- the one who possess the keys to Vaikunta. The divine consort of Lord Vishnu, Mahalakshmi Thayar gave the keys of Vaikunta to Ramanuja saying that if one surrenders unto the holy feet of Ramanuja, they will be liberated. She told Ramanuja that whoever is let to enter Vaikunta by Ramanuja is sure to get Moksha. Above all, he showed the path of Prapati and totally simplified the path of surrender.

A Sri Vaishnava is akin to “Chandana Thambooladi”. Just like how Chandan (sandalwood paste) and Thamboolam (betel leaves and nuts, taken after a meal) abide verbatim to the person consuming them, they have no desire of their own. A Vaishnava is akin to “Chandana Thambooladi” since he has completely surrendered to the Lord and has no sankalpa of his own. Sri Ramanuja showed the path of Prappati. Our Guru Maharaj in one of his compositions on Ramanuja, sings – “Prappati Margam Prakashitam Bhasyakaram”. Here Bhashyakaram connotes one who has done “Bhasyam” of the Brahmasutras and Lordess Saraswathi herself recognized his Bhashyas and conferred the name ‘Bhasyakara’.  It is believed that even though Ramanuja delivered a great commentary on all the scriptures, he showed a simple and pragmatic path- the path of Prapatti – the path of total surrender unto the holy feet of the Lord.

 

Following a short round of introductions, Sri Narayanaswamyji from Seattle continued on Lord Hanuman’s prabhava. He embarked in his lecture stating the significance of Akshaya Tritiya day. It is on this day that Mother Ganges came down to the earth and the Treta Yuga began on this day. Out of seven Chirajeevis mentioned in the scriptures, Hanumanji is one of them and continues to incessantly recite the Rama Nama in Hemakoota peak in Kimpurusha Varsha even today.  Once, when Lord Shiva and Parvati were enjoying the Mridanga concert by Nandikeshwara in Kailash, Lord Mahavishnu and Mahalakshmi visited them and told them about His next incarnation – one destined to destroy the rakashas who were causing havoc on the Earth.  He had come to seek Shiva’s permission for this, as the Rakshasa – Ravana was Shiva’s ardent devotee.  The Lord also confided in Lord Shiva about his incarnation as a human who will impart the precept to the people that despite facing impediments in life will still follow the path of dharma and that this Avatar is a personification of Dharma.  Overjoyed hearing this, Shiva wished to descend at the same time, to enjoy the Lord’s avatara – and hence descended as a ‘vanara’ (simian) – thus Hanumanji has ‘Shivaaamsa’ as well.

When the milk of ocean was being churned by Asuras and Devas, the Amrutha was collected and Lord Shiva requested the Saptha Rishis to go and pour this in the ear of Anjana Devi was doing penance praying for a child. The Rishis did as told by Lord Shiva and Hanuman who had an Amsa of Lord Shiva was born to Anjana and Lord Vayu.

There are many explanations given to support the fact that Hanumanji is an incarnation of Lord Shiva. There was a dialogue between Ravana and Vibishana when Hanuman set ablaze the Lanka. Vibhisana requested Ravana to go and surrender unto Lord Rama and that Hanumanji was a personification of Lord Shiva. After hearing this from Vibhishana, Ravana asked how a devotee of Lord Shiva can attack another such devotee. Ravana himself answered his own question saying that Rudras are eleven in number and that he has ten Rudras [ten heads worshipping ten rudras]  and the eleventh Rudra has come in the form of Hanuumanji who has come to create trouble!

When Rama and Lakshmana reached Sethu to embark in their journey to Sri Lanka to bring back Sita Devi, who was in the clutches of Ravana, there were myriad of Vanaras who had assembled and Lord Rama was curious to know how Lord Hanuman had control over all of them. Hanumanji beautifully replied that it was verily the Rama Nama  that enabled the Vanaras to be in tranquil state and thus put their strength to best use. The Vanaras were bestowed with the ability to pick any stone of any size to help build the bridge for Lord Rama and Lakshmana to cross the ocean and reach Sri Lanka. Lord Rama then posed another question to Hanumanji as to how the Vanaras are being fed. Hanumanji, mentioned that there were some Rishis with ‘Anima’ Siddhi who had the unique benediction of getting food whenever they desired and so thus fed the Vanaras. These Rishis were invisible to others but were able to see everyone. When Hanumanji stepped aside to attend to the Vanaras clan, Lord Rama and Lakshmana began to reminisce about Hanumanji.  Lord Rama extolled the greatness of Hanumanji who was constantly running errands for them. Lakshmana seconded Rama’s remark and mentioned that he was verily the incarnation of Lord Shiva who had desired to take this birth as a Vanara and help out Lord Rama.

Lord Rama was quite disturbed by Sita Devi’s separation and wanted to perform Pooja to Lord Shiva in the form of ‘Baana Linga’.  Hanuman then asked why, if Lord Kashi Vishwanatha (Shiva) Himself was chanting the Rama Nama, why would Lord Rama worship Shiva!  Rama replied  that he was ‘vishwanatha’ – the Lord of the world and hence fit for worship.  And Hanumanji went to Kailash to get the ‘Baana Linga’ for worship – which today stands as ‘Raama Naatha Linga’ in Rameshwaram.

The satsang ended with prayers and Namasankirtan.